DIY coffee mugs are the perfect DIY project for so many reasons, but here are the top 4:
- They are unbelievably cheap to make. We are talking <$5 cheap.
- You can finish them in under and hour – so easy!
- They make awesome gifts for the caffeine lover in your life (so pretty much everyone).
- They are super functional – you can literally use them every day.
Not convinced yet? Below I am featuring my favorite DIY coffee mugs that you will want to copy immediately. Plus, I am sharing the top tips & tricks on how to make them at home like fixing mistakes, baking temperatures, etc.
1. Marble Dipped Mugs with Nail Polish
This is one of the coolest DIY projects you can do in under 5 minutes using just nail polish! You can use this technique on more than DIY coffee mugs too – you’ll want to marble your nails, ornaments, notebook covers and just about anything you can get your hands on. (via House of Hipsters)
Tip #1: When making marbled mugs, make sure you use an old container that you don’t mind ruining since there may be a bit of nail polish left over on it.
2. Polka Dot DIY Marker Mug
Polka dot designs will never go out of style – they are one of those timeless patterns. I love this take on the polka dot pattern where they are lined up but a bit crooked to give is a more handmade look. (via The Crafted Life)
Tip #2: DIY coffee mugs don’t need to just be used for hot beverages. Repurpose them in your office to hold paper clips or in your craft room to store all your washi tape.
3. Father’s Day DIY Coffee Mug Tutorial
I am obsessed with this unique DIY mug that would make the best Father’s Day gift. It is a much more sleek & updated version of the classic “World’s Greatest Dad” mug gift. Her step-by-step instructions are awesome and even shares a free printable of the decal she used. (via Le Papier Studio)
Tip #3: Print your own personalized mug decals using Inkjet waterslide decal paper and sealant to attach them to the mug.
4. Dishwasher Safe DIY Painted Mug
I adore the simplicity of these designs. You can create a whole cohesive set of mugs using the same color pattern with different designs. (via Delia Creates)
Tip #4: To fix mistakes, try scraping the design off with your fingernail or using a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol.
5. Sprinkle DIY Coffee Mugs
Could these homemade sprinkle mugs be any cuter? You could even have a tradition where everyone in the family gets to use this special sprinkle mug on their birthday. She uses a Cricut and vinyl to create this adorable design, but you could easily use colored sharpies as well. (via Studio DIY)
Tip #5 : Dollar Tree mugs are said to work best for DIY coffee mug projects because they have a lack of glaze. Plus, they are $1!
6. Gold DIY Sharpie Mug Ideas
Perhaps the easiest option for DIY coffee mugs is to use Sharpie to create your design. You likely already have one laying around the house that you can use. However, I am especially fond of the special metallic sharpies to create your mug designs. (via Jyll Along the Way )
Tip #6: Oil-based sharpies work better than regular Sharpies if you want your design to last and be dishwasher safe.
7. DIY Tissue Paper Mug
Did you know there is dishwasher safe Mod Podge? Well thanks to it, this gorgeous DIY mug idea is beyond easy to make! It really is as simple as painting it offer swatches of your favorite tissue paper to create this colorful collage pattern. (via I Spy DIY)
Tip #7: Use dishwasher safe Mod Podge to create DIY coffee mugs using tissue paper.
8. Playful Monster Doodle Mug
I love how unique and fun these monster coffee mugs are. This tutorial really opens up a huge range of possibilities for you because it teaches you how to trace on a printed out design if you are weary of freehanding. (via Tuts+)
Tip #8: You can make any print out into a stencil by tracing the image in pencil while applying a lot of pressure. Read the full tutorial on how (with pictures) at the link above.
9. DIY Beauty & the Beast Mug
With the remake of Beauty and the Beast coming out soon, there is sure to be a huge resurgence. Create a DIY Chip mug inspired by the fairytale just in time. This would also be a perfect DIY project for a Beauty & the Beast themed party. (via A Pop of Red)
Tip #: Use specialty Pebeo 150 markers that are meant for creating designs on ceramic to create a perfectly dishwasher safe DIY coffee mug.
10. DIY “Miss You” Mugs
If you and your sister or best friend are living in different states, this would make a cute “missing you” gift idea.
Tip #9: If you don’t have a Cricut, you can make your own stencils by cutting out and tracing a shape (like pictured above) or use stickers you can find at any craft store in the scrapbooking section.
11. Brush Painted DIY Coffee Mugs
For DIY painted mugs, choose food safe porcelain paint to create your designs. I love the colors she chose for this effortless brushstroke design. (via Fall for DIY)
Tip #10: You can use any of these design ideas on any other plain porcelain item to create a matching plate or ring dish.
12. Monogrammed Gold Sharpie Mugs
These are so easy and cheap to create that they are a perfect option if you want to make a bunch of matching mugs for friends or coworkers. (via Pinegate Road)
Tip #11 : Make monogrammed gold sharpie mugs and fill it will treats for a cheap & easy but adorable DIY gift idea.
13. DIY Temporary Tattoo Mugs in Under 10 Minutes
I will go on record saying this is my ultimate favorite DIY coffee mug idea I have ever seen! It is so unique and creative. I cannot wait to try it! (via The Crafted Life)
Tip #12: Make DIY coffee mugs using temporary tattoos
14. Funny DIY Mug Idea
This DIY coffee mug is absolutely hilarious and perfect for the non-morning person in your life. You can easily recreate this funny coffee mug design using a Dollar Store white mug and a black oil-based Sharpie in minutes. (via Etsy)
15. Simple DIY Sharpie Mug Ideas
I love these DIY sharpie mug design ideas and I can’t get enough the pom-pom tassels she styles them with. Check out the post to find out how to make both. (via Delineate Your Dwelling)
Tip #13: If you are using black Sharpie for your design, bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. This is the best option to make the design last as long as possible; however, it can distort the colors a bit if you are using colored Sharpies.
16. Eyelash & Cactus Mugs
Speaking of, here are a couple more simple designs you can easily freehand to create DIY coffee mugs in minutes! I especially love the cactus pattern. (via Enthralling Gumption)
Tip #14: Buy an extra practice mug or two to get the hang of drawing with the pen on the porcelin before going for it on the final product.
17. DIY Christmas Mug
Your hot cocoa will taste just a little bit better when sipped out of this adorable DIY Christmas mug. It gives me yet another reason to put a Cricut Explore on my birthday list this year. (via The Casual Craftlete)
Tip #15: Before creating any DIY mug design, make sure you wipe down the mug with rubbing alcohol and let dry completely. This will help the design affix to the mug better, which means it will last longer.
Now you need a place to display all your cute DIY coffee mugs:
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Which of these DIY coffee mugs was your favorite?